Obituaries 8/27/15

Janet Kay (Trees) Fislar, 69, died on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. She was born in Detroit, Mich. to the late James and Mary Trees. Janet is survived by her daughters, Maria (Jorge) Reyes, Tanya Fislar, and Jodie (Tim) Zellner; grandchildren, Michael Whitaker, Jr., Brandi (Michael) McGill, Jordon Reyes, and Tegan Wayne Zellner; great granddaughter Zoey McGill; sisters Carol Mateer, and Lee Ann Molnar; and brothers David Trees, Joseph Trees and Robert Trees. She was preceded in death by her husband’s Mark Schaekel and Larry Fislar; sisters Joyce Saladino, and brothers James Trees and John Trees. A Celebration of Life will be Aug. 29, 4 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel, with visitation from noon till 4 p.m.


Norman L. Merkler, 80, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 20, 2015. Norman was born in New York City on Aug. 9, 1935. He attended high school at Baltimore City College. He then earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Norm worked for over 25 years as a Psychology instructor, academic advisor and Director of Special Programs at IUPUI. Upon his retirement in 2003, he was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash for his work in helping shape the lives of his students. He was active in Marion County Democratic Party politics since the 1970’s. Norm is survived by his wife Jeannie (Buff) Merkler, son Daniel Merkler, daughter Susan Rachel Merkler, and granddaughter Paige Mazza. He is also survived by his pal Joey the Cat and his dog Maggie. Visitation is Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the ASPCA.


Howard Lee Nettles, 89, died on Aug. 23. He was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Harlan County, Ky., the third of six children of Sim and Bonnie Nettles. During the Great Depression, his family relocated to Chipley, Fla., where Howard developed his work ethic necessitated by his father’s death when Howard was 9 years old. At age 17, Howard enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country in WWII. After his service, he moved to Indianapolis, where he met Genevieve (Jenny) Jones. They were married in 1950. Howard’s entrepreneurial spirt combined with his integrity, humility and living by the Golden Rule led to the success of his company, Perm-O- Seal. He owned it for over 40 years. Howard has two passions in his life: family and golf. He had nine hole-in-ones. Howard and Jenny spent many years wintering in Sunny Hills, Fla., allowing him to play year-round. He was an Indiana State Senior golf champion and Sarah Shank Golf Course and Sunny Hills Golf Course club champion many times. Howard was of the Baptist faith; a member of the Masonic Lodge 669, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, and Southport O.E.S. 442. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jenny; daughter, Vicki Nelson, Kathy (Bob) Christy, Becky (Don) Mansmann; eight grandchildren, Emily (Joe) Harman, Jonathon (Jennifer) Nelson, Bethany (James) Brindle, Ashley (Greg) Russell, Ross( fiancée Molly) Christy, Whitney (Aaron) Christy, Erin (Cody) Sheets, and Jay(Lucy) Mansmann; and 12 great-grandchildren, GraceAnn, Josiah, Lydia, Addison, Owen, Amelia, Mason, Anna, Genevieve, Willow, Penelope, and Margaret. Also surviving are Howard’s sister-in-law Dorothy Nettles and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings; Eugene, Sim Jr., James, Florence, and Bobby. Service will be Aug. 28, 12 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center with visitation 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Joan Almira (Holub) Poff, 85, of Indianapolis, died on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Joan was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Bellaire, Ohio to John and Gertrude (Barnett) Holub. She was married to the late William L. Poff. June was a registered nurse. She worked in all facets of nursing, but specialized in psychiatric nursing. She retired from Bethesda Hospital North in Cincinnati, and had worked at many area hospitals. Joan is survived by her daughter Kathy (Nick) Iaria; son Greg (Tonja) Poff; and six grandkitties. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband William. Service is Aug. 28, 2 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Visitation is Friday, noon until the hour of service at the mortuary. Interment is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


Juanita June (Kopp) Riggles, 83, of Indianapolis, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. June was born on April 7, 1932 in Chicago, Ill. to John Robert and Nora (Rogers) Kopp. She was married to the late Kenneth Ray Riggles. June was an active member of Southport Presbyterian Church. She participated in the Wisemans, White Cross Guild, Christian Women’s Association, and Presbyterian Women’s Association. June is survived by her three daughters Gale Lynn (Michael) Jackson, Brenda (Bill) Gulledge, and Nora F. (Keith) Wilson; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; sister AnnaBelle Carey; and a great-granddaughter Savannah Hawley. Service for June were Aug. 25 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial gifts may be given to Southport Presbyterian Church Memorial Gift Fund or the American Heart Association.


Gene Michael “Mike” Robinson, 47, of Greenwood, died on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. He was born on March 14, 1968 in Fort Wayne, Ind. to Gene T. and Judith A. Robinson. He attended Mt. Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood. Mike attended Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne. Mike was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer where he played varsity tennis, was President of his sophomore class; Vice President of the History- Political Science Club and was an Alpha Phi Omega. Mike was self-employed in sales, most recently representing the printing industry. Prior to owning Proforma- Klein Tools had awarded him Salesman of the year. Mike had three children and prided himself with this being his greatest accomplishment. Mike was very active in their sport lives and was always their biggest fan. He coached in the Center Grove Bantam League for football, Upward League for basketball, travel ball for Baseball and was on the Lassie League Softball Board for four years while coaching travel ball and taking each of his daughters to national competition level. Mike was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox fan. Mike is survived by his three children, Kailey (20), Mallory (18), and Thomas (14) Robinson; parents Gene and Judith (Allison) Robinson; Brother Mark (Christina) Robinson; sister Tammy (Rod) Brosher; brother Tim (Kathy) Allison; along with eight nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service for Mike will be Aug. 27, 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, 381 N. Bluff Rd., Greenwood. Visitation will be Thursday, 12 p.m. until the hour of service in the Chapel. Fellowship Meal will follow in the Student Ministry center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Humane Society. Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center is assisting with the arrangements.


Roger Robinson, 77, of Greenwood, died Aug. 18, 2015. Graveside Services were Aug. 21 at New Crown Cemetery. Newcomer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Lisa Marie Rowlett, 54, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 16, 2015. Lisa was born on Aug. 11, 1961 to Daniel J. and Patricia Lee McClain Reckley in Indianapolis, both of whom precede her in death. She had worked at Methodist Hospital in customer service and also for Dr. Kelly as a dental assistant until her retirement in 2012. Lisa loved to be with people and was willing to help anyone in any way. Survivors include her children, Brandon Rowlett; Kayla Marie Rowlett‑Barnett; siblings, David Reckley, Suzanne Wilder, Kristina Reckley, Joseph Reckley, Timothy Reckley, Jennifer Cooper; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial contribution may be made to the American Lung Association. A Memorial Mass will be Aug. 27, 12 p.m. at Good Shepard Catholic Church 2905 Carson Ave., Indianapolis. Newcomer Funeral Home has been entrusted with her services.


Betty J. Rutan, 82, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 22, 2015. She was born on July 30, 1933 to the late William and Florence Young. Betty is survived by her children, Vickie Brownlee, Ralph “Bud” Rutan, Jr., Melia Knapp, Theodore “Ted” Rutan, Samuel Rutan, Steven Rutan and Damon Rutan; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation was August 26 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to University Heights Health & Living Community, Attn: Activities Department, 1380 E. County Line Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227.


Kenny Eugene Stall, 62, of Greenwood, died on Aug. 15, 2015. Kenny was born on Feb. 28, 1953, in Dayton, Ohio to Frank Albert and Marjorie Irene (Davies) Stall. As the 1971 Kiser High School valedictorian, he was selected by the Dayton Daily News as one of Miami Valley’s top 10 seniors. He completed his collegiate studies in 1975 at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and his medical school education in 1980 at The Ohio State University School of Medicine, where he was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Following a year of internal medicine training at Ohio State, he completed a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University Medical Center, where he also met his wife, Janice Kay Fitzharris-Stall. He practiced OB/GYN in Lewisville and Carrollton, Texas for four years before returning to central Indiana in 1988 when he established South Central OB/GYN. Over the past 27 years, he has practiced at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis, and Community Health Network South. Medicine was Kenny’s life calling. He served in numerous roles within the Indiana State Medical Association and 7th district medical society. He made mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua to provide services to those with little to no access to care. In his own community, he was an active member of the Rotary International Foundation – both traveling and hosting on behalf of the Rotary. From time to time, he could even be found at a Rotary meeting while on vacation. He was involved with several other organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and United Way. Kenny spent numerous hours every expanding his extensive and elegant gardens. He had an array of eclectic interests, including traveling, scuba diving, skiing, antiquity, politics, world history, and was even an extra in a zombie movie. Kenny is survived by his wife Janice Kay Fitzharris-Stall; children Christopher Reed Stall, Jennifer Nicole Stall, and Kenneth Scott Carl (Allyson) Stall; brother Frank Albert Stall. Kenny is preceded in passing by his parents Frank Albert and Marjorie Irene (Davies) Stall. Services were Aug. 26 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Visitation was Aug. 25 at the mortuary. Memorial contributions can be made to the Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program through the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation or to the Rotary International Foundation – Franklin Club.